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Volunteers helping Bradenton man get flag house up to code

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It's been a red, white, and blue showdown between homeowner Brent Greer and code enforcement, and neither side is budging. But Greer feels he is no longer alone in his fight.

"It used to be me against the city, but not anymore. Now it's me and thousands of people against the city," said Greer.

Greer's protest against what he believes is unfair treatment from city code enforcement started with him turning the front of his home into a giant American flag.

He has since added a painting of the Liberty Bell, with the phrase "Give me liberty or give me death" beneath it, and he is not stopping there.

"We're planning on going around the side with more red and white, and wrapping around with an eagle," Greer continued.

The attention his Riverview Boulevard home is getting has no end in sight either.

"Every day, people drive by. They stop. They take pictures. They beep their horns all day long. He's got a lot of support," said Amy White-Helmer, who lives across the street.

You might think that would make the neighborhood see red after so many weeks of attention, but most neighbors seem to support the cause.

"I think it's interesting. It doesn't bother me," said Paul May, another neighbor.

In fact, since Greer's family received a list of code violations from the city of Bradenton last month, groups like the Guardian Angels and other individuals have banded together to correct some of the alleged complaints. They include broken windows and rundown paint.

Greer let the volunteers paint and replace windows, but he refuses to do any of the work himself, on principle.

"I stand my ground. People that help out, I really appreciate, but that doesn't change where I stand," Greer said.

Some of Greer's gripes include the reason the city is looking at his home. He believes there are other properties much worse off. He also wants to know why whoever complained about his property was able to do so anonymously.

"I am not going to comply with the cosmetic issues," Greer insisted. "They tell me who phoned it in. Prove to me it's not harassment. Prove to me they are not in bed at zoning with the developer, maybe I'll reconsider."

The code enforcement hearing is Tuesday at 2:30. According to the head of Community Service and Code Compliance, if the Greer home is found to have violations, the family would likely have a period of time to correct them, before facing a fine of up to $250 per day.

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